Wednesday, Mar 14 2012 9:02AM
HUD's programs will help provide temporary, transitional and permanent homes for thousands of homeless residents, including those living in rural areas.
More than $200 million will be allocated for homelessness programs nationwide through grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD stated the grants and loans will help provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing for more than 15,000 homeless residents nationwide. More than 100 rural housing projects are receiving funding.
"Today's grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. He added homelessness is declining nationwide, thanks in part to HUD-funded programs.
Every state is receiving funding from HUD's Continuum of Care programs, including California, which will host 87 projects which will receive nearly $38 million in grants.
In addition to this round of funding, HUD awarded nearly $1.5 billion in renewed grants for 7,100 existing homeless prevention programs, which will help ensure the initiatives remain intact in 2012.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data collected by The Daily Yonder, rural poverty remains a substantial issue nationwide. Between 2007 and 2010, the rural poverty rate rose from 15.8 percent to 17.8 percent.
For further information, check out these sources: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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